[TUHS] crt0 -- what's in that name?

Douglas McIlroy douglas.mcilroy at dartmouth.edu
Tue Jun 13 22:10:52 AEST 2023

> Not a citation, either, but I believe the original RUNCOM came from CTSS (https://multicians.org/shell.html),

Yes, the CTSS command "runcom" arranged for commands stored in a file
to be run in the background. Such a file (which could contain at most
six commands) became known as "a runcom".

The term "script" did not emerge until Unix. I vaguely recall that Lee
McMahon coined the usage, but would welcome more reliable info about
its origin.


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